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Peter Taylor on The Troubles

Peter Taylor on The Troubles

Peter Taylor is a journalist who has covered The Troubles since 1972. Our editor met with him on the 25th anniversary of the Belfast Agreement.
Oliver Webb-Carter

Peter Taylor on The Troubles When I was a teenager living on a British military base in Germany, my mother would hand me an extendable mirror and tell me I needed to check under the family car to ensure it did not have a bomb placed on the underside. I remember this...

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Lovers in colonial India plotted to murder their spouses with disastrous results.

The letter begins as an intimate billet-doux. ‘Oh Harry, my own precious darling, your letter today is one long yearning cry for your little love.’ But within a few lines, a more sinister story begins to emerge. ‘Yesterday, I administered the powder you left me . . ....

Renegade’s Tale: John Sayles Interview

Renegade’s Tale: John Sayles Interview

Our editor met John Sayles to discuss his recent novel, its history and Hollywood today.
Oliver Webb-Carter

John Sayles Interview I first watched Lone Star soon after it came out in 1996. This atmospheric film, centred on a small-town grappling with its past, is both a whodunnit and a social commentary. The town in question was in Texas and where three communities, White...

Why Colonialism?

Why Colonialism?

Nigel Biggar has examined Britain’s colonial past with a moral lense, and with a nuanced and balanced approach.
Nigel Biggar

Colonialism: a Moral Reckoning contains a lot of history. If it does nothing else, I hope it will inform Britons, young and old, of the whole truth about our three-hundred-year career of imperial endeavour all over the world. For it tells not only of the tragic,...

A E W Mason & The Four Feathers

A E W Mason & The Four Feathers

Alec Marsh wonders why we forget the author of a book that has been adapted six times.

It’s a safe bet to suppose that while you’ll know of The Four Feathers and its essential storyline – after all, it’s been adapted for film six times ­– you probably won’t be able to name its author. In fact you’re almost certainly more likely to know that the most...